Great Canadian PoeTrain Tour

PoeTrain 2015 Event Schedule

Ottawa

Wednesday April 15, 2015
Showtime 7:00 pm, free admission
Pressed Café, 750 Gladstone Avenue

Albert Dumont, Algonquin elder/poet blessing ceremony for the Talking Feather. PoeTrain poets’ readings from across Canada Featured poets: Pearl Pirie, Max Middle, Dennis Reid, Lesley Strutt and Dean Steadman will M. C. Meet the PoeTrainers for a food and poetry reading dinner from 6:00 - 7:00 pm with selected food themed poem readings by Blaine Marchand.

Toronto

Friday April 17, 2015
Showtime 7:00 pm, free admission
Hot House Restaurant & Bar, 35 Church Street

PoeTrain poets’ readings from across Canada. Featured poet: George Elliott Clarke, Toronto Poet Laureate, plus musical performances with Paul Sanderson and Ian Ferrier. Kate Marshall Flaherty M.C. Meet the PoeTrainers for a food and poetry dinner from 6:00 - 7:30 pm with selected food themed poem readings by Kathy Figueroa. Come meet my kulturBOT 3.0 - the world’s first robot poet - on its inaugural trip riding the rails across Canada.

Winnipeg

Sunday April 19, 2015
Showtime 7:30 pm, free admission
First floor, Salon A, Fort Garry Hotel, 222 Broadway.

Mighty One Minute Poem Open Mic, Featured Poet/Musician: Kent Bowman (Toronto).

Book Launch: All the Lovely Broken People (2015, Borealis Press), by League of Canadian Poets member Marsha Barber.

Featured Winnipeg Poets Chandra Mayor, Drek Daa and the Low Flying Gurus. M.C. Ian Ferrier. Come meet my kulturBOT 3.0, the world’s first robot poet on its inaugural trip riding the rails across Canada.

Edmonton

Wednesday April 22, 2015
Showtime 3:00 - 5:00 pm, free admission
An Edmonton Poetry Festival event
Edmonton City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

PoeTrain poets’ readings from across Canada plus musical performances with Paul Sanderson and Ian Ferrier. Alice Major M.C.

Edmonton’s official poetry ambassador Poet Laureate Mary Pinkoski will welcome the PoeTrainers.

Thursday April 23, 2015
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Remedy Café Southside, 8631-109 Street

We invite the Edmonton Poetry Community to join the PoeTrainers for lunch and an open mic.

Vancouver

Saturday April 25, 2015
Showtime 9:00 - 11:30 pm, free admission
Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive

PoeTrain poets’ readings from across Canada. Featured poet is Bernice Lever, musical performance with Vancouver’s The Fugitives. David Brydges and Bonnie Nish will M.C. Meet the PoeTrainers for a food and poetry dinner from 8:00 - 9:00 pm with selected food themed poem readings by Vancouver Poet Laureate Rachel Rose.

Michel Pleau, 2008 Governor General Award winner for poetry and Parliamentary Poet Laureate, will participate in the closing event.

Sunday April 26, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 pm, free admission
Meet at the Tea House, Third Beach

Picnic in the Park with Pauline Johnson to honour her memorial in Stanley Park as one of Canada’s most well-travelled poets. Featured reader Wanda John Kehewin, Kathy Figueroa M.C.

A final short open mic invitation to create and read a haiku on Pauline’s life and poetry.

On Board Events Program

Monday April 20, 2015

11:45 am: Departure Winnipeg Train Station.
12:00-1:30 pm: Lunch.
1:30-2:00 pm: Kathy Fisher spoken word performance/workshop, M.C. David Brydges.
2:15-3:00 pm: Artist on Board Paul Sanderson, VIA passengers’ performance, Park Car. M.C. Kathy Figueroa.
2:15-3:00 pm: Artist on Board Ian Ferrier, PoeTrainers skyline dome car lounge, M.C. Rosa Arlotto.
3:15-4:45 pm: Open Mic/Music with PoeTrainers, Marsha Barber, M.C.
5:00-6:30 pm: Dinner.
6:30-7:15 pm: DC Reid Canada Reading Tour, M.C. Ella Zeltserman.
7:30-8:15 pm: Artist on Board Ian Ferrier, VIA passengers’ performance Park Car, M.C. Blaine Marchand.
7:30-8:15 pm: Artist on Board Paul Sanderson, PoeTrainers skyline dome car lounge, M.C. Mick Burrs.
8:30-9:15 pm: Ella Zeltserman, Book Launch: small things left behind, University of Alberta Press book launch, M.C. DC Reid.

Friday April 24, 2015:

9:30-1:00 pm: Brunch.
10.30-12:00 pm: Open Mic with PoeTrainers, M.C. Patrick Connors.
12:15-12:45 pm: Marsha Barber Canada Reading Tour Book Launch: All the Lovely Broken People (2015), published by Borealis Press, M.C. Judy Tate Barlow.
1:00-2:30 pm: Station stop at Jasper and lunch.
2:45-3:30 pm: Artist on Board Paul Sanderson, VIA passengers’ performance Park Car. M.C. Margaret Code.
2:45-3:30 pm: Artist on Board Ian Ferrier, PoeTrainers skyline dome car lounge. M.C. Joanna Lilley.
3:45-4:45 pm: Steven Michael Berzensky (Mick Burrs) Canada Reading Tour/Writing Workshop. M.C. Kent Bowman.
5:00-6:30 pm: Dinner.
6:30-7:15 pm: Debbie Okun Hill, Canada Reading Tour, M.C. Fran Figge.
7:30-8:15 pm: Artist on Board Ian Ferrier, VIA passengers’ performance Park Car. M.C. Kelsey Knight.
7:30-8:15 pm: Artist on Board Paul Sanderson, PoeTrainers skyline dome car lounge. M.C. Roylin Picou.
8:30-9:15 pm: Joanna Lilley, Brick Books reading.M.C. Debbie Okun Hill.

Saturday April 25, 2015:

Happy Birthday to our passenger train, The Canadian, 60 years old today!

6:30 am onward: Breakfast
8:30-9:15 Reserved contingency space.
9:42 am Arrive Pacific Central Station Vancouver

Note: Due to VIA Rail train schedule these times may change. Arrive 15 minutes beforehand. Due to the tight compression of the on board program from 3 days into 2 days we need to maximize every moment on the train.

Special thanks to VIA Rail, League of Canadian Poets, Canada Council for the Arts, Edmonton Arts Council, City of Edmonton, University of Alberta Press, and Brick Books for their support to the PoeTrain performers.